There’ll Be A Giant Inflatable ‘Sad Kanye’ At Splendour In The Grass This Year

UPDATE: Splendour In The Grass’ ‘Sad Kanye’ Prop Criticised: “Mental Illness Is No Joke”

ORIGINAL STORY: The ‘Sad Kanye‘ meme is still alive and thriving, so it’s heading to this year’s Splendour In The Grass as a giant inflatable version of the rapper’s head.

The team behind the 10-metre high version of Yeezy’s sullen face is the Barcelona-based art group Hungry Castle, who reckon Splendour-goers might be able to help Kanye lighten up.

“Why you got that resting bitch face, dog? Sometimes you crazy but you’re a dope ass producer and writer,” they say.

“We want to send you some love by blowing up your big head as a 10m tall inflatable sculpture. It’s going to travel around the world to Bestival, Splendour and god knows where to next. But what should we put inside to make you happy?”

What’s more, Hungry Castle have already shown off a smaller version of ‘Sad Kanye’ that they’ve been working on:

Hungry Castle were responsible for some of Splendour In The Grass’ previous inflatable art pieces, including 2015’s ‘Nicolas Cage In A Cage’ and 2014’s ‘Lionel Richie’s Head’.

hungry castle nicolas cage source website

hungry castle lionel richie source website

Images: Hungry Castle

Splendour has also announced its annual ‘Splendour In The Craft’ arts program today, of which ‘Sad Kanye’ will be the centrepiece.

The program will also include an installation by artist Craig Walsh, an Optical Oval installation of geometric designs in the Mix-Up tent, the return of ‘site-responsive painting’ and “an explosion of glitter and pipe-cleaners” at the Craft Mafia HQ.

The Grates’ Patience Hodgson and her mate Rachel Burke will also be running Fancy Free classes and offering café treats at the Splendour version of The Grates’ Brisbane venue SouthSide Tea Room.

Splendour In The Grass 2017 runs over three days in Byron Bay this July, and has already sold out. If you missed out on tickets but are still keen to head along, try the Splendour ticket resale facility.

Peep the festival’s full arts and crafts program at the official Splendour website, and remind yourself of this year’s epic music lineup below.

Gallery: Best Of Splendour In The Grass 2016 – Day 2 / Photos: Maria Boyadgis

Splendour In The Grass 2017 Day Lineups

Friday, 21st July

The xx


Vance Joy

RL Grime

Father John Misty

Tash Sultana

George Ezra


Cut Copy

Lil’ Yachty

San Cisco

Big Scary

Real Estate

D.D Dumbo

Maggie Rogers

The Kite String Tangle

Julia Jacklin


Vera Blue

Cosmo’s Midnight

Young Franco

Ocean Grove

Luke Million

The Wilson Pickers


Winston Surfshirt

Set Mo


Nite Fleit

Alice Ivy

Willow Beats


Super Cruel

Lewis Cancut

Saturday 22 July

Queens of the Stone Age

Royal Blood

Two Door Cinema Club

Paul Kelly

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Future Islands (only Aus show)



Bernard Fanning

Dune Rats

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Dan Sultan

Vallis Alps

Dope Lemon



Julien Baker

Bag Raiders

Luca Brasi

Middle Kids

Confidence Man

Hockey Dad

Gretta Ray


Topaz Jones

Late Nite Tuff Guy


Tornado Wallace


Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda


Dena Amy

Andy Garvey

Sam Weston

Sunday 23 July

LCD Soundsystem

Sigur Rós

ScHoolboy Q (only Aus show)

Peking Duk



King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Meg Mac


Client Liaison

Tove Lo


The Smith Street Band

Oh Wonder

Amy Shark

A.B. Original

The Lemon Twigs

Bishop Briggs


Topaz Jones

Kirin J Callinan


The Peep Tempel



The Murlocs

Good Boy




Willaris. K



Chistopher Port


Splendour In The Grass 2017

Friday, 21st — Sunday, 23rd July — SOLD OUT

North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay

Tickets: Official Website

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